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High A Dish: Cardenas Wastes Little Time

California League

Prospect Of The Day

Bakersfield (Rangers) lefthander Kasey Kiker pitched his first home game of the season and it’s safe to say he’s pretty comfortable there. Kiker took the mound against High Desert (Mariners) and allowed just two hits over seven innings while walking one and striking out three. Unfortunately the two hits were home runs, both by Greg Halman, so he allowed two earned runs, but still got the win as Bakersfield supplied enough offense. The final score was 9-2.

Prospect Nuggets

Bakersfield outfielder Julio Borbon didn’t record a hit, but did manage to steal three bases after drawing a walk and stealing second and third in the first inning, then reaching on a fielder’s choice and steal second in the fifth inning.. Stockton’s (Athletics) Chris Carter was 3-for-4 with one RBI as he hit his 11th home run of the season in a 5-3 loss to Lake Elsinore (Padres)…Lefthander Brett Anderson took the loss for Stockton as he allowed five runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings against the Storm. He also walked four and struck out five…San Jose (Giants) righthander Tim Alderson earned his fifth win after going five innings, allowing one run on five hits and two walks while striking out three, in the 2-1 victory over Modesto (Rockies).

What To Watch For Today

The two first place teams, Stockton and Lake Elsinore, face off today, but only one of them has the record of a top team. Stockton is 26-13 atop the Northern Division standings, while Lake Elsinore is just 18-21 in the Southern standings. Every team in the Southern Division has a losing record and they’re all separated by just three games.

Carolina League

Prospect Of The Day

It was a slow day for prospects in the Carolina League, but Frederick’s (Orioles) Billy Rowell got his good swings in. The third baseman was 2-for-3 with a double and scored the lone run in a 2-1, 10th inning loss to Salem (Astros).

Prospect Nuggets

Pedro Beato tossed five innings in the Frederick loss, allowing just one run on three hits and two walks while striking out one…First baseman Beau Mills was 1-for-4 with his eighth double in Kinston’s (Indians) 5-4 loss to Wilmington (Royals)…Chris Marrero was in an 0-for-18 slump when he went 2-for-4 with two singles in the second game of a doubleheader…Righthander Deunte Heath pitched the first game between Myrtle Beach (Braves) and Potomac (Nationals), tossing seven innings and allowing just one run, one hit and four walks while striking out four. He earned the complete game victory, making him 5-1, 1.84 on the year.

What To Watch For Today

Myrtle Beach and Potomac meet again today with lefthander Ross Detwiler taking the mound for Potomac and looking to improve his 2-2, 4.45 line.

Florida State League

Prospect Of The Day

On any other day, Juan Francisco takes this one with ease. But Adrian Cardenas’ performance just makes a great note. Cardenas landed on the disabled in mid-April with lower back inflammation. He returned to the lineup yesterday and went 2-for-3 with his first home run of the season, which proved to be the game-winning shot. It came in the seventh inning with none on and two out and put Clearwater (Phillies) up 4-3 for good.

Prospect Nuggets

Francisco went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs in Sarasota’s (Reds) 10-6 loss to Fort Myers (Twins). Both home runs came off righthander Deolis Guerra who went five innings allowing five runs on six hits and one walk while striking out two…Outfielder Charlie Fermaint lifted Brevard County (Brewers) to a 3-0 victory with a three-run shot in the top of the ninth, his only hit of the night…Righthander Jonah Nickerson had a quality start, tossing seven innings and allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out five, but was tagged with a loss after Lakeland (Tigers) could only muster one run…Righthander Heath Rollins threw seven innings in Vero Beach’s (Rays) 1-0 win over St. Lucie (Mets). He allowed just two  hits and one walk while striking out six.

What To Watch For Today

Vero Beach is in position for another win as righthander Jeremy Hellickson will face St. Lucie with a line of 3-0, 1.11.

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